When this tale of children growing up in Parramatta came out in 1894, Mark Twain wrote to praise its young author. Other critics called her the ‘Australian Louisa May Alcott’ and the book was immediately popular. She went on to write sequels about the children and their adventures, as well as many other books, but none ever captured the public imagination as did her tale of the naughty Woolcot children. Today Seven little Australians is one of the few 19th century children’s novels still read by children today.
This talk discusses the book’s depiction of Australian city life and its portrayal of a cattle station, as seen through the experiences of seven unruly little Aussies.
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